Distance (Round-trip): 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 940 ft
Beginning at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, the trail to Loch Vale is 2.7 miles of mostly uphill switchbacks with great views. After 0.6 miles the trail winds along Glacier Creek by Alberta Falls, one of the park's most famous waterfalls.
Continue on the trail beside Icy Brook until you reach the Loch! Towering over it are peaks Taylor and Powell, and you can see Andrews Glacier and The Cathedral Wall.
Loch Vale itself is beautiful and big, a prime location for fishing or just laying out in the sunshine on the surrounding rocks.
Continue on another 1.3 miles to Timberline Falls, 1.5 miles to the Lake of Glass, or 1.9 to Sky Pond.